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Rewind with Rooplyn

Singing down the musical lane, the Rooplyn music team beautifully brought out the melody of old English hits.


ELVIS PRESLEY, Dean Martin, Bill Haley and the Comets, Fats Domino, John Denver, Irene Cara and a host of other stars from the 1950s and 1960s spent Sunday evening at the Chinmaya Heritage Centre on Sunday, courtesy the Rooplyn music team.

The show, titled `Honky Tonk' was Rooplyn's ninth musical evening focussing on old English hits. Since its inception, the Rooplyn music team has been performing Indian and Western tunes from the good ol' days and this evening was every bit as enjoyable as the previous ones. This time round too, the Rooplyn regulars were in full form — from Nilu as the compere to singers Benzie, Arjun Thomas, Manoj Nair, Poppy, Andrea, Sunitha Chowdhry, Anand Madhavan and Nandita Sashidharan. Arjun Thomas kicked off the show with Bill Haley and the Comets' version of "Honky Tonk" followed by Nandita Sashidharan, whose mellow voice was perfect for the Patty Klien hit "Honky Tonk Merry-go-round".

Benzie looked every bit as immaculate as ever in his black suit while he belted out hits such as the famous "Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino and "Drivin' My Life Away" and then came back to do an encore. Manoj Nair, Andrea, Anand, Poppy and the rest were in great voice and brought the songs of the yesteryears back to life with their spirited performances. Francis Menezis' orchestra was brilliant, complementing and enhancing the singers' voices.

But the King, Elvis Presley ruled, in the form of Surjan Daniel who had the audience calling for more with his rendition of "All Shook Up". This was Surjan's first time with the Rooplyn team. Repeated requests had him back on stage singing "Jailhouse Rock" even though the song was not on the team's playlist. Although he looks like he's just stepped out of class and found himself on stage instead of at the canteen, Surjan has an amazing stage presence and seems to come alive once he gets hold of the mike. Sneha Thomas was also a first-timer at this show. She has a lovely, rich voice that belies her slight frame.

After a non-stop two-and-a-half hour performance, an encore of "Honky Tonk" and a final song "Hit the Road," the audience was still reluctant to head home till compere Nilu told them that the Rooplyn team will be back in August with a whole evening dedicated to Elvis Presley.

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